It's time to cast your mind back over 2018 and cast your vote now for the 'Backchat' Person of the Year. Who do you think has been most significant in the past year?
1 Anyone : Fire safety mascot
2 Louis Cha Jing-yong : Popular martial arts novelist who died this year at the age of 94
3 Eddie Chu: Legislator disqualified from running in village elections
4 Carrie Lam : Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR
5 Victor Mallet : Financial Times editor whose visa was turned down after controversial talk at FCC
6 Mangkhut: Super Typhoon that stunned Hong Kong
7 Meng Wanzhou: Chief Financial Officer of Huawei detained in Canada
8 Adam Roberts: Police bomb disposal expert
9 Benny Tai Yiu-ting : Academic and co-founder of the Occupy Movement
10 Thai – International rescue team: Saved a children's football team in Thailand after a spectacular cave rescue
On Wednesday's Backchat, LGBT in HK. There have been mixed developments recently when it comes to LGBT rights. A survey in the summer suggested that more than half of people here support gay marriage, and the Government will for the first time recognise overseas same-sex partnerships when granting dependent visas. But a proposal by Hong Kong’s only openly gay lawmaker that the government study the idea of creating legal unions for homosexual couples has been shot down in Legco after a heated debate. As voters in Taiwan choose not to allow gay marriage, where do we stand? Is public opinion changing or not? Should any legal changes mirror a mainstream view - or seek to protect a minority?
After 9.20, why is Hong Kong so expensive for expats?
On Wednesday's 123 Show, we hear about the Justice Centre Hong Kong's Human Rights Arts Prize. Winners Sophie Cheung, Siu Wai-hang, and Ophelia Jacarini, along with legal officer Lynette Nam join us at 1.30. After 2, we talk to Dr Joyce Samoutou-Wong, who tells us about her journey from Hong Kong to Congo, and how she founded New Sight Eye Care, a pioneering eye surgical centre based in The Republic of Congo. After 2.30, there's more on the City Chamber Orchestra's annual concert, The Snowman & The Bear, with conductor Colin Touchin. And after 2.50, we find out about the Chicken Soup Foundation, one of the 13 beneficiaries of this year's Operation Santa Claus. (1:15pm-3pm, firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook: www.facebook.com/NoreenMirRTHKradio3)
Asian stocks tumbled on Tuesday after shares on Wall Street closed at a 14-month low, with all three major stock indices in correction territory for the year. The S&P 500 index is on track for its worst December since 1931, at the height of the Great Depression. Japan’s Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.2% at the open. Chinese A-shares and stocks in Hong Kong dropped around 1%. Investors are concerned that the Fed may have gone too far in raising interest rates with the latest economic data increasingly warning of a global economic slowdown.
Our Wednesday panel of guests on Money Talk consists of Marc Franklin, Senior Portfolio Manager at Conning Asia Pacific, Independent Analyst Andrew Sullivan and from Washington D.C., RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
On Hong Kong Heritage, Annemarie Evans continues with a second five-part series on the 90th anniversary of public service broadcasting in Hong Kong. This week we hear from former RTHK DJ Gerry Jose recalling early disco; and Rachel Cartland talking about long-time friend Cheung Man-yee, who was RTHK's first Chinese and first woman director of broadcasting, and broadcasters remembering June 4, 1989, and how it was covered on RTHK. . Hong Kong Heritage, Radio 3, Sat 7.30am, Sun 6.15pm. Or hear it on the podcast.
To promote expressive talents in English, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 joins hands with Hong Kong Free Press and PEN Hong Kong to co-organise the English writing competition “Hong Kong’s Top Story 2018”. After receiving the fantastic response of 395 entries from the community, the judges selected eight prize-winners in both Junior and Adult Categories, with two of them granted the “Creative Award”. An award presentation ceremony was held on 11 December at RTHK.
Congratulations to all the winners!
First Prize: Yellow Bauhinia – Diana Marie N. GAMBOA
Second Prize: Confessions of a Street Busker – Matt, LEUNG Wai Hei
Third Prize: Midnight Rider –YOUNG Ho Ken
Most Creative Award: We Shall Strive – HUI Yu Hang
First Prize: A Song and I Had Parted Ways – BUI Yu Ling
Second Prize: To Be Family – Michael Shiaw-Tian LIAW
Third Prize: Where They Went – Jonathan NG
Most Creative Award: Banana Rolls – Charlotte Mui
Christmas is a time to give! The launch ceremony for Operation Santa Claus 2018 was held on November 13 at the Parade Ground at Tai Kwun, in Central. This year's theme is Spread some Joy this Christmas. Thirteen good causes will benefit from this year’s community-wide charity campaign.
Congratulations to our very own Steve James, who’s been declared top on-air personality in the main Asia-wide broadcasting awards, the ABU Prizes. Steve has been hailed as number one for his weekday afternoon show by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union – which has a network of members that can reach 3 billion people across the region! It’s great recognition for Steve, who’s been with Radio 3 for the past 17 years. As well as hosting his show, The Steve James Afternoon Drive – to give it its full title – with its comic social observations, parody songs and social media engagement, he’s also the producer of Vintage Chart Toppers, and works his magic on lots of the Radio 3 trails and theme tunes that you hear every day. In all, RTHK won four top prizes in the seven radio categories – an unprecedented success – the others coming in the documentary, news reporting and community service announcement sections.
The Friends of Asia 5-A-Side Football Tournament was held on Sunday 25th November 2018 at Sha Wan Sports Ground. It is part of the annual charity campaign Operation Santa Claus, jointly organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post. Here's some highlights from the fun day!
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